MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Program (formerly called Parkland Management) was established in 1989 and undertakes ecological restoration and revegetation works at more than 80 sites along Merri Creek and its tributaries (and in some cases, adjacent creeks), from Clifton Hill to Craigieburn. These works are guided by the Merri Creek and Environs Strategy, which sets out the the vision and provides the strategic direction for management needs in the catchment as well as detailing specific actions.
Restoration and revegetation works focus on establishing and maintaining competitive indigenous vegetation through carefully targeted weed control, mulching, planting and direct seeding. Within the native grasslands, ecological burns are used to maintain the diversity of wildflowers and the health of the Kangaroo Grass.
Sites are chosen according to the following priorities:
Protection and restoration of remnant vegetation
Maintenance of existing plantings
Establishment of new revegetated areas
These priorities are heavily influenced by what funding is available. Works are funded by direct grants and contracts from Councils and by a grants from a variety of sources. We also undertake work for agencies and private clients.
Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) does not own any land, so all its works are done with the approval of the land-owner, often one of MCMC’s member Councils, or Melbourne Water.
The Ecological Restoration staff work closely with other agencies that also undertake revegetation and restoration works at different sites along the Merri Creek and with agencies that manage utilities and easements within the Creek corridor, including SPI AusNet, CitiPower and Yarra Valley Water.
The permanent members of the Ecological Restoration Team are supplemented during the busy planting season with temporary team members.
Go to the calendar section of this website to find out about opportunities for community involvement in Ecological Restoration Activities.
Ecological Restoration Principles in practice - see full article here (789 KB PDF file)
Fauna summary report for 2016-17 here
Fauna summary report for 2015-16 here (128KB PDF file)
Fauna summary report for 2014-15 here (128KB PDF file)
Key Ecological Restoration projects in 2013-14 here (1.5MB PDF file)
See the results (3.5MB PDF file) of vegetation management on interface of an urban Grassland Reserve: Ngarri-djarrang in Reservoir.
Communities for Nature
Two projects are designed to have long term impact on the survival of two iconic species in the Merri Creek Valley. The Critically endangered Golden Sun Moth and the culturally significant Plains Yam Daisy will both benefit from monitoring and on-ground works that you can get involved in.
Reversing the Decline of Plains Yam Daisy Microseris scapigera in the Merri Catchment
Continuing and Extending Golden Sun Moth Habitat Surveys
|Female Golden Sun Moth at Bababi Marning||Plains Yam Daisy at Kalkallo Common|
Uncover, Recover & Discover your Merri Creek.
The changing fortunes of Merri Creek come alive in a new series of displays that demonstrate how far we’ve come in restoring the creek. Images from Merri Creek Management Committee’s treasure trove of records contrast the different eras of the Merri corridor.
If you weren’t around twenty years ago you’ll be surprised at how much the landscape of the Merri has changed since the 1980’s. You can help play a role in its future.
Merri Creek, Robinson Reserve, Preston
Merri Creek, Preston - once surrounded by majestic trees, diverse aquatic vegetation and a chorus of frog calls. It may have looked like this prior to European settlement.
Photo: Merri Creek at Cooper St, Epping.
Aitken Creek Craigieburn
Aitken Creek, Craigieburn - once surrounded by dense tussock grasslands, ancient red gums and teeming with wildlife. It may have looked like this prior to European Settlement.
Photo: Malcolm Creek, Craigieburn.
Wetland, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill
Wetlands were once common throughout the Merri Creek catchment and offered habitat for scores of fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs. Some of them may have looked like this.
Photo: Hall Reserve Wetland, Clifton Hill.
The displays have also been produced as laminated flip-charts that can be seen at plantings and school visits.
The displays were produced by Merri Creek Management Committee for a Friends of Merri Creek project funded by a Federal Community Water Grant.
The Uncover, Recover and Discover project also included community plantings and Waterwatch events at:
These plantings are helping to restore the dynamic vegetation that fringes the creek, wetlands and tributaries.